• 01
      Jul
      Sam Nester announced as Brian Boak Bursary Winner
      For Queensland born musician and 2016 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient Sam Nester, achievement in the arts has shaped not only his life but his musical repertoire. Having received The Empire Theatres Foundation's Brian Boak Developing Performer Bursary in 2011, Mr Nester has yet again proved his musical prowess and determination to succeed musically by receiving The Empire Theat...
    • 24
      Jun
      Barber of Seville Bursts onto Empire Theatre Stage
      Celebrating the bicentennial of its debut performance this year, Opera Queensland’s The Barber of Seville will appear at the Empire Theatre on the August 24.  An iconic opera, The Barber of Seville follows an assortment of eccentric and animated characters weaved into a love story of comedic proportions.  The story follows the charming Count Almaviva and the beautiful maiden Rosina in a tale abo...
    • 24
      Jun
      Supergirly Promises Return of Homegrown Pop Princess
        Self-proclaimed pop princess Supergirly once bathed in the limelight like the A-lister she was born to be, before a quick descent into obscurity and her gaudy mansion, but is back again to share her story with the Empire Theatre audience on August 28 in a unique comedy cabaret show.  Armed with razor-sharp wit, serious singing skills, and an artillery of outrageous lyrics, Supergirly is ruthless...
    • 24
      Jun
      Melbourne Ballet Company's Arche Graces The Empire Stage
      The Empire Theatre is thrilled to host the modern and innovative retelling of the eternally classic Swan Lake with Melbourne Ballet’s Archè on August 10.   In Greek Mythology Archè indicates the beginning; the principle from which the elements rise and the force that explains their birth and death.  Director Simon Hoy has created a delightful and creative show with unique choreography that simulta...
    • 15
      Jun
      One Night Only with International Broadway Star- Shoshana Bean!
      A Broadway star will light up the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre stage this month, with acclaimed musical theatre performer Shoshana Bean on July 15 for one night only.  In celebration of the upcoming Empire Theatres production of Wicked in 2017, one of the first performers to play the iconically green skinned witch Elphaba, original Hairspray cast member and seasoned stage veteran Shoshana Be...
    • 13
      Jun
      2016 Youth Bursaries Now Open
      The Empire Theatres offers Youth Bursaries to provide opportunities for multiple young people per year to develop their performing arts skills (including instrumental music, singing, dance and acting) at leading Australian performing arts educational institutions. Organisations include National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of Arts, Queens...
    • 13
      Jun
      Pants Down Circus Rock in unique Armitage Centre show
      It’s a long way to the top, the big top, and these guys are livin’ on a prayer for nothin’ but a good time.  Imagine the greatest rock band ever, as a circus! Pants Down Circus ROCK! features the incredible skills of four rock stars of Australian circus, in a high energy and performance for the whole family on July 3.  Pants Down Circus is a creative, vibrant and highly skilled ensemble working...
    • 08
      Jun
      Neil Street two-way as of 16 June

      Toowoomba Regional Council will be converting all of Neil Street to two-way traffic as of Thursday 16 June.

      Council confirms speed limit will be 40km as per the other main streets in the city, ensuring pedestrian safety.

      The bus zone and pedestrian crossing outside the Empire Theatre remain, with new signage advising of the changes. 

       

    • 29
      May
      Bursary winner to return for album premiere performance
      After the release of her successful second album Lady Luck, Brian Boak Bursary winner Angela Davis has returned to Toowoomba for the Australian premiere performance in the Armitage Centre on June 4. Ms Davis was awarded the 2014 Empire Theatres Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary and used the bursary funds to develop and record the disc. Since completing her album, Ms Davis has moved back to...
    • 28
      May
      Bursary Winning Musician holds local masterclass
      After years of living, performing and recording in New York City, 2011 Brian Boak Bursary winner Sam Nester has returned to the Empire Theatre to share his talents in a one-off masterclass on June 4. Mr Nester said he was excited to pass on his knowledge and hoped participants would get another perspective on brass playing and what being a musician means to him.  “The opportunity to come and me...
    • 17
      May
      Star soprano Mirusia on Empire stage this month
       Brisbane born soprano Mirusia will return home with her new solo program This Time Tomorrow, live on the Empire Theatre stage on May 28. For the past nine years the thirty year old Australian, hailed the angel of Australia, has toured extensively around the globe as Star soprano for André Rieu.  Mirusia has achieved recognition as a true international performer, singing many styles of music i...
    • 13
      May
      Wartime Story Opens in Armitage Centre This Week
      The opening of the Empire Theatre’s second community production, Breaker Morant is just days away.  This powerful true story of wartime betrayal and injustice opens Friday and will be performed in the Armitage Centre’s Heritage Bank Auditorium on Saturday for a Matinee and night performance. Breaker Morant follows the story of Harry “Breaker” Morant, a renowned bush poet and horse breaker and two ...
    • 12
      May
      Bob Franklin to headline Melbourne Comedy Festival Showcase
      The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again with a huge night of laughs at the Empire Theatre on Saturday May 14. Featuring some of the best from one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is a night of hilarity not to be missed. Now in its 18th year, the Roadshow brings some of the best home-grown talent and international...
    • 22
      Apr
      Calling all Creatives: WICKED 2017
      The Empire Theatre is calling for Expressions of Interest from established professionals for the positions of Director, Choreographer, Musical Director and Designer for the 2017 production of Wicked.  Initial works to commence upon appointment.  Musical rehearsals commence January 2017 for a season in March/April. For more information and to apply, email employment@empiretheatre.com.au.   Appl...
    • 15
      Apr
      Legally Blonde The Musical Premieres Tonight
      The Empire Theatre will be lit up in pink tonight as the curtain is raised on the 2016 major production, Legally Blonde The Musical.  Proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, Legally Blonde The Musical runs for just six shows, opening tonight and playing until Sunday April 24. Leading lady, Elesha Hetherington plays loveable blonde sorority president Elle Woods, whose world is turned upside down when ...
    • 20
      Feb
      QTC Bring Classic Play Direct from Brisbane Season
      Following the debut season in Brisbane, Queensland Theatre Company brings their latest drama directly to the Empire Theatre stage on February 25. Quartet stars four of Australia’s best known actors from stage and screen, including the much loved Andrew MacFarlane (Glitch, A Place to Call Home, Love Child, Water Rats) , as well as fellow award winning actors Christine Amor, Trevor Stuart and Toowoo...
    • 20
      Feb
      Orange is the New Black Author to speak during Empire event
      Toowoomba audiences will have unique access to one of the Sydney Opera House’s flagship festivals, All About Women, when the event streams live to the Empire Theatre on March 6. Beginning with the panel What needs to change?, a remarkable group of prominent women discuss what they would do if they had the power to make things change overnight. Featuring Russian and American journalist Masha Gessen...
    • 12
      Feb
      Open Call for Dogs to Take the Lead in Legally Blonde
      The Empire Theatre will open their doors to four- legged furry talents on February 21 at 11am for two roles in the upcoming major production, Legally Blonde The Musical. Empire Theatres Production Manager, Timothy Panitz said dogs auditioning for the roles of Bruiser and Rufus will be asked to demonstrate the ability to follow commands, cope with large groups of people, loud noises and backstage...
    • 02
      Feb
      February Film Feast
        Film buffs from across the Darling Downs will gather on the Empire Church Lawn from February 20-21 for the Empire Theatres third outdoor film festival. Presented by Colin Mackay The Good Guys, February Film Feast is a chance to kick back under the stars for a weekend of feature and short films, live entertainment, children’s workshops and food stalls. The February Film Feast kicks off Saturday 2...
    • 14
      Jan
      Divine Miss Bette Performs Night of Cabaret
        Empire Theatre audiences will be treated to a divine experience on February 12 with the first cabaret performance of year paying tribute to the great Bette Midler. The Divine Miss Bette stars talented and charismatic performer Catherine Alcorn who channels the people’s diva in a one of kind performance in the Armitage Centre. After several sell-out seasons in Australia, The Divine Miss Bette is...